The Australian LightWing SP2000 - 2 Seat Aircraft


To cover Australia’s vast distances affordably and comfortably, the Australian LightWing SPEED Range has been developed specifically for the flying enthusiast who expects quality, excellence in engineering design and the ultimate in safety and efficiency.


speed in flight

(Pictured above, Nick on the Tarmac with the SP2000 Nose wheel)


With a quarter century of design, production and flying experience in the Australian aviation industry, The Hughes Group proudly presents the Australian LightWing SP Range of 2 Light Sport Aircraft and 4 Seat Experimental Aircraft. Please go to these links in order to assess both the Sports Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA) andthe Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirments for experimental aircraft. Please Note: neither the SP4000 or the SP6000 are available as factory built: they are available as a kit with builder assistance only. Click here for a description of the Experimental Category in PDF format or an Overview.


Please call or email today for a price list on the Australian LightWing SPEED Range of 2 and 4 Seat Kit or Factory Built aircraft, and also for your FREE copy of our SPEED DVD.


The Australian LightWing's sleek body and flying surfaces have been designed with style, class and exceptional aerodynamics in mind. From the performance-enhancing body curves to our Australian LightWing tail section.


The Australian LightWing is completely Australian made, with complete backup, friendly service and quick repair. The Hughes Group has been manufacturing aircraft for 25 strong years and boasts an impeccable safety record in the Australian aviation industry. Learn more about our history here.

Speed aircraft

(Pictured above, Dan on the tarmac with the SP 2000 nose wheel and SP2000 Tail Dragger)


The SPEED is available in various configurations, from the lightweight RA-Aus registerable SP2000S (nose wheel or tail wheel) to the 4-seat SP4000 (nose wheel only).


>>Please click here to view the Specifications and Performance details of the Australian LightWing SP Light Sport Aircraft Range.




CAN (Computer Aided Navigation) by Australian LightWing $8,900.

Glass Instrument Panels

Situational awareness is one of the most critical aspects in maintaining pilot safety. Our large and super bright ten inch daylight readable LCD screen leaves absolutely no room for pilot error and providing pinpoint accuracy in both 2D and 3D modes. >> Read More

(Pictured above, the Glass Cockpit of the SP 2000, featuring the MountainScope Software)


VIP Propellor - Variable Inflight Pitch Propellor

Improve climb performance. Improved acceleration and take-off. Improved short field performance. Improved High speed performance - Plus: Better fuel economy. If you want to get the most out of your engine you must have a VIP Prop!



The Australian LightWing SP4000 - 4 Seat

The SP4000 4 Seat Australian LightWing is available as a KIT or as an Advanced KIT.

Wing Area: 12.62 sqm
Engine: Ask for a price on the Lycombing O360, auto conversions can also be used in this aircraft.

Registration: VH Experimental.

Undercart: Spring steel, heat treated nose leg and mains.

Steering: Castering nose wheel, disk brake steering, rudder is effective at about 15kts air speed.


**Call and ask Howie or Nick about Subaru auto conversion (Turbo) available with an IVO prop. Price $7,900... call now! This will not last long! Also the Superior Engine is available for this aircraft.


Please Email Us now for more information and prices.



Why purchase an SP-2000?


The first reason is safety.

Safety is the prominent feature in our airframe and aircraft design. We offer the highest quality in our components, service and accessories.

Speed safety frame

(Pictured above, the fuselage safety frame of all Australian LightWing Aircraft)


The track record of our aircraft and design principles go back 24 years, and our record is near-perfect in terms of serious accidents. Sure, you could say that perhaps only conservative pilots fly Australian LightWing aircraft, but the way we design and build our aircraft definitely contributes to our record. The combination of aluminium wings and a welded steel safety frame that encloses the pilots in a protective cocoon is unmatched in the industry.


In both the SP2000 and SP4000 both you and your passengers are surrounded by an ultra strong and fully welded steel safety frame, providing roll-over protection and an ultra rigid aerodynamic platform that is capable of loads way beyond that which you will experience in flight.


4 Point seat belts come standard with our aircraft.


The next reason to purchase an Australian LightWing SPEED is Flight Handling.


The SP-2000 is stable and easy to fly.

Our two thirds span wing flaps are highly effective and allow easy directional control, particularly in cross wind landings. When the wind is blowing across the strip, in a cross-wind situation, a low wing aircraft is easier to manage as the aircraft has a lower centre of drag.




With a large and roomy aircraft like the SP2000 or the SP4000 we cruise at 118 knots at 75% power with a solid rate of climb of 750ft per min. Or a cruise of 115 knots with our own VIP (Variable In-Flight Pitch) Prop. Takeoff distance to clear a 50ft obstacle is about 600m with a take-off roll of 350m in zero wind at MTOW.


In terms of teaching students, the main controls, elevator and aileron side sticks, are separate for student and teacher and though the throttle and trim are common, there will be no need for the instructor to touch the student's hands during most modes of instruction.

Both the seating and rudder pedals are adjustable, making it possible to safely and comfortably operate the aircraft controls without the use of pillows and cushions, always present in most schools with aircraft with fixed controls and seating. The control sticks can be adjusted 50mm fore and aft, though this customisation is spanner adjustable.


Speed tailwheel

(Pictured above, the SP 2000 Tail Dragger)



Here, I hope you agree that the SP-2000 is stylish, state-of-the-art and attractive, and if aircraft look good, they generally fly well. The SP-2000 body is sleek and aerodynamically clean, resulting in less power being used to propel the aircraft, resulting in less fuel burn (15 to 18L/hr), longer range and lower operating costs. The SP-2000 will comfortably maintain altitude at 70kts.


We are Australian, no need to elaborate on that one - faster service, much faster service.


Nick Hughes maintains the fastest backup and parts service possible; we make the parts onsite so it's simply not possible to be out of stock of any parts, small or large. "Buying Australian" needs to be  taught at school if we are to build our Aussie technology base. I don’t believe there is a LightWing internet support group, a sound indication that factory support is 100 per cent effective.
Documentation, our service and flight manuals, make maintenance simple and straight forward.


The Howard Hughes Engineering Company has over 30 years of sound local trading with AAA credit rating and hundreds of happy clients.


Last of all are the details:


-Custom paint job in any colour (other fibreglass aircraft MUST be painted white only!);

-Four fresh air vents to the cockpit;

-Optional cabin heater;

-Sun hood over the instruments; 

-The dashboard is easily removed and designed around optional state-of-the-art glass cockpit panels;

- 4-point seat belts are standard;

- Large luggage area;

-Australian Made Bolly propellor with "Duratough" polyurethane  leading edge;

-State-of-the-art Rotax engine up front;

-Electrical switch/circuit breakers for electrical security;

- 360 degree swiveling nose wheel makes turning both on the strip and in the hanger a breeze;

- 6-ply aircraft tyres are standard with optional wheel fairings available;

-Monitor the progress of your aircraft weekly on the Australian LightWing wordpress Diary web page;

-User friendly  purchase terms (33.3% deposit, same at one month prior to delivery and balance on hand-over).


Delivery at Present JUNE 2011: IMMEDIATE.




For more information, please call us on (02) 6686 8658.


The Australian LightWing SP Range is designed to get you around our beautiful country quickly, safely and economically.





The Australian LightWing ~ Wing Section

Wing Construction: 6061T6 high tensile alluminium frame. Underside outboard panels 2.5Oz Ceconite. Control surfaces GRP laminated mass-balanced ailerons, elevators and rudder.


Our large, square plan wings use wing section NACA23013. This wing section combined with our smooth and clean airframe gives you, the pilot, the ultimate in efficiency. As an example, using 4100RPM and 25 inches manifold pressure, the SP-2000 will maintain altitude at 65kts using only about 30hp. This is amazing to see in flight. Apply power and the air speed rapidly reaches cruise speed in a matter of seconds. See our free SPEED DVD for an in-flight demonstration of this.


With a wingspan of only 28 feet, (28') the square plan wings have an inbuilt anti-stall feature that keeps the wing tips flying right up to the stall. The obvious difference between a high wing and a low wing is that the wings are closer to the ground, so, on landing, the large flaps are more effective; the aircraft can slow right down and the effect of crosswinds is much less pronounced. Although they're comparatively short, the wings on the SP-2000 provide excellent stability in the air and on the runway.

Wing tips: GRP laminate, optional strobe lights (Price approx. $1000).



The tyres on our aircraft are 15 inch (15”) on 5 x 5" rims, the Air Trac tyres grip the runway and provide differential steering with big powerful disk brakes - this means they're big and rugged and can handle rough or bush strips with ease. The castering nose wheel means the SP-2000 can be spun on one wheel and makes manoeuvring the aircraft in your hanger very easy.


Fuselage Construction: Welded lightweight steel fuselage with semi-structural GRP skin, heat formed polycarbonate windows, underside of fuselage: forward area GRP laminate skin , rear 2.5 ounce ceconite.


Spinner: 13" diameter GRP laminate.


The Australian LightWing SPEED Range of Fully Built and Kit Aircraft

All prices are subject to change without notice, call at time of purchase for a fixed quotation. Terms of Payment ~ three installments ~ 33% deposit; 33% one month prior to delivery and balance on delivery. Aircraft is delivered with a minimum of 30L of fuel and test flown four hours minimum.


Speed flying

(Pictured above, the SP 2000 in flight over the Pacific Ocean, just off Cape Byron, NSW, Australia)


Please view the Australian LightWing SP Range Aircraft Specifications and Performance details >> HERE.


ALW Frequently Asked Questions:


What's the cruise speed of the SPEED?
What's the take-off roll/landing performance of the SPEED?
What is the range or endurance of the SPEED?
How much fuel can the SPEED carry?
What is the consumption of the SPEED?
What materials are used during the construction of the aircraft?
Decription of Aviation Terms



Aircraft Title


SP 2000


SP 4000


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Take-off Roll/Landing Performance

Aircraft Title

Take Off Roll Performance


Take-off roll to clear 50ft (15.25m) @ ISA conditions

SP 2000


SP 4000


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Aircraft Title


SP 2000

5Hrs / 500nm @ (average cruise) 100 knots

SP 4000

6Hrs / 800nm @ (average cruise) 140 knots

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Fuel Consumption

Aircraft Title

Fuel Consumption

SP 2000


SP 4000


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Materials and Construction

Quality, structurally tested, welded, aircraft-grade, chrome moly steel frame.

Aluminium construction, box section wings.

Non structural composite fuselage. Able to be painted as you choose.

Structurally molded, epoxy flying control surfaces.

All controls are mass balanced and aerodynamically balanced for added control of stick forces and light stick control pressure.

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Terms Used:  
Ally Aluminium
GRP GRP is carbon fibre or fibre glass reinfoced epoxy laminate.
VIP Variable Inflight Pitch Propellor


SP Website QuickLinks


>>The SP4000 - 4 Seat








Registration Options:


90% of our factory built aircraft are registered with the RA-Aus (Reacreational Aviation - Australia)


This is a great group of sports aviation enthusiasts and can be found at


You can also VH register your aircraft with CASA fully built aircraft.




ALW Innovative Products

Glass Cockpit

Variable Pitch Propellor

Nose and Tail Wheel


ALW Downloads:

Download ALW Aircraft brochures

Download ALW Aircraft Specification brochures

Download an application to study with us



Australian LightWing Pilot Accessories -

Head sets, Wind Jackets, Fuel Bladders, Caps, Mugs and much more!


Why Purchase An Australian LightWing?

The first reason is safety. Safety is the prominent feature in our airframe and aircraft design. We offer the highest quality in our components, service and accessories. >> Read More



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